D.C. Rail System Needs $489 Million for Repairs and Safety

March 28, 2008

Metro rail car officials in Washington D.C. said they need $489 million for urgent work to repair worn equipment, fix deteriorating infrastructure and improve safety.

About half of that total is needed for projects that need to be completed in the next two years for Metro to continue to operate safely.

The highest priorities include the replacement of work track fasteners and corroded cables and the repair of crumbling concrete platforms.

Officials said passenger safety is not at immediate risk.

Metro General Manager John Catoe says transit agency employees are trying to prioritize the projects and determine whether funds earmarked for less urgent projects can be used.

Metro is the nation’s only major transit agency without a significant source of dedicated funding.

Source: The Washington Post.

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